"The opening credits end and we find a blind violinist courageously and defiantly playing the Marseillaise on the Paris metro steps during the occupation. Soon we are thrown into a buddy caper starring Jean Gabin and Bourvil as mismatched Frenchman schlepping 4 suitcases of black market pig parts across Paris [...] The film is at times hilarious and heartbreaking, and through the duo's courage and cunning we find a window into the lives of two very different French worlds."
- Amy Hargreaves (13th Reasons Why, Homeland)
Amy Hargreaves' Pick for Films on the Green!
LA TRAVERSEE DE PARIS (A PIG ACROSS PARIS)
Directed by Claude Autant-Lara
With Bourvil, Jean Gabin, Louis de Funès
1956 | Comedy | 1h20 | France | Rialto Pictures
Two unlikely companions, the straight-laced Martin and the bombastic Grandgil, must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris. While Martin tries to make it through efficiently, Grandgil seems to create, and then surmount, obstacles for the fun of it.
The screening of La Traversée de Paris will take place in Washington Square Park (under the arch) on Friday June 16, 2017 at 8:30pm.
Film in French with English subtitles
Music by WNYU Radio DJ prior to the screening!
#FilmsontheGreen | Free French films in NYC Parks